The Diwakars, headed by autorickshaw driver Anil, live in a one-room house in a narrow, noisy lane in Hanuman Nagar, Kandivli (East). In this household, books are treasured more than any other possession – one of the reasons Anil says his son, 18-year-old Nitin, managed to clear the Joint Entrance Examination-Advanced (JEE-Adv) making him eligible for a seat in one of the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
“We can only do my work and provide them with a roof above their heads and food on their plates. Everything else is their hard work,” said Shakuntala, Nitin’s mother. Their eldest child — a daughter — finished her graduation and is married and settled in Raipur, the older son cleared his Chartered Accountancy (CA) in his first attempt and has found a job in the city and their younger daughter is pursuing her graduation at a Malad college. The youngest member’s entry …
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